Brazil Courts May Freeze R$24 Million of Lula’s Assets

Prosecutors claim the ex-President received bribes in exchange for his influence in the purchase of Swedish aircraft fighters.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF) asked the courts on Thursday to block the assets of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and one of his sons, Luís Cláudio, totaling more than R$24 million.

Prosecutors accuse the former leader of influence peddling in relation to the 2013 government's purchase of thirty-six Gripen aircraft fighters, manufactured by Sweden’s Saab, to be used by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).

In a statement, Lula's defense states that the request has no legal basis and . . .

To read the full NEWS and much more, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?